PHOTOS: Despite the haze, ‘sakura’ are blooming all over Singapore

Trumpet trees in bloom along Lorong Chuan.
 Chan Chung Leong via Facebook/NParks

Despite the ongoing haze and an unusually scorching month, Singapore’s in bloom.

Clusters of local flowers – including bougainvillea, trumpet trees and pink mempat – burst into blossom over the weekend, prompting netizens to share their snaps of the ‘sakura’ – so named for their resemblance to Japan’s cherry blossoms.

Business Insider rounded up some of the photo highlights:


Singapore’s own ‘sakura’ are in bloom again, after a recent dry spell caused a mass flowering of pink-coloured local fauna.

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Kin Joo Ling via Facebook/NParks

The flowers are blooming on trumpet trees (pictured) and pink mempat, a tropical variant of the cherry blossom, the National Parks Board said in a Facebook post on Monday (Sept 16).

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Facebook/Richard LeePauline Tan via Facebook/NParks

The fallen flowers form a pink carpet on the ground much like cherry blossoms do, as seen in this snap by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Lim Biow Chuan.

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“So pretty,” he described the sight at an estate in Dakota on Sep 14.
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Trumpet trees also bloom white flowers, as seen in this recent photo of East Coast Park.

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Terence Chia via Facebook/NParks

Other netizens documented the fallen flowers scattered across HDB walkways and roads.

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Another plant that bloomed amid the withering weather was bougainvillea, which injected one section of the ECP with a splash of colour.

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Chan Chung Leong via Facebook/NParks

East Coast Park’s Bougainvillea Garden filled up with pretty blooms.

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Terence Chia via Facebook/NParks

Thanks to the hot weather, other plants also began flowering, including several Tiger Orchids along Holland Road.

The plant is thought to be the world’s oldest and largest orchid.

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Andrew Tau via Facebook/NParksLee Jia Hwa via Facebook/NParks

On Venus Drive, netizens spotted blooming yellow saraca, which thrives well in arid weather.

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Shahrizal Sihab via Facebook/NParks

The plant, which is native to Malaysia and Indonesia, was also spotted in Marine Cove.

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The Straits Times

It has tiny orange, yellow and gold flowers with a dark red centre.

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The Straits Times

The hot weather brought forth cat’s claw ivy – a climbing vine with funnel-shaped yellow flowers – along Sengkang West Way.

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Chung Li Shu via Facebook/NParks

The yellow flowers of the bintangor bunut, a native tree, popped up on Upper Bukit Timah and Changi Road.

Netizens managed to capture the critically-endangered tree’s white flowers and sour, purplish black fruits.

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Loh Ming Jie via Facebook/NParks, Jasmine Koh via Facebook/NParks

Someone also snapped a photo of the sandpaper vine’s purple flowers in Ang Mo Kio.

The short-lived flowers, native to America, leave behind star-shaped violet sepals that gradually turn brown.

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Siti Zaharah Raman via Facebook/NParks

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